We spoke at length in our previous blog (have a read of It here!) about the role of the inflammatory response in Psoriasis and its contribution to the associated flare-ups. Today we’re going to dive a little bit deeper into inflammation and its role in the body.
WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?
Inflammation is your body’s natural defence and repair system. When a healthy person gets a cut or develops an infection, their immune system triggers inflammation. That signals blood vessels to enlarge around the injury, and white blood cells to rush in and repair the damage. When the injury or infection heals, the inflammation stops.
HOW DOES INFLAMMATION IMPACT MY PSORIASIS?
For a Psoriasis sufferer, this inflammatory response is mutated. The inflammatory response occurs in the body constantly, creating a state of chronic inflammation in the body. The Psoriatic scales and plaques that appear on the body is a result of inflammation accelerating skin cell growth. This acceleration forces a build up of dead skin on the body, and thus creating the plaques commonly associated with Psoriasis.
CAN INFLAMMATION AFFECT OTHER ASPECTS OF MY HEALTH?
Unfortunately, yes. Chronic inflammation can increase the risk of other health issues arising, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. With constant inflammation in the body, the body will start mistakenly attacking healthy cells, increasing the risk of disease as listed above.
CAN I REDUCE THE INFLAMMATION INSIDE MY BODY?
The answer is yes! Diet can play a major rule in reducing the inflammation currently present in the body. Foods that are high in antioxidants and polyphenols are often encouraged, which include:
- Olive oil
- Leafy greens
- Fatty fish
Foods that are highly processed are encouraged to be minimised as these foods can increase inflammation in some people, including:
- Refined carbohydrates (white bread, pastries)
- Fried foods
- Red meat
- Processed meats